Martin's future as FF leader secure, McGrath insists

Martin's future as FF leader secure, McGrath insists

A Fianna Fáil TD says Micheál Martin is safe as party leader, even if he loses another by-election.

The party is tipped to win the by-election in Carlow-Kilkenny in May, having failed to win all six by-elections in the current Dáil term.

Senior TDs are playing down the defection of Fianna Fáil councillor Patrick McKee, who's now running in the by-election for Renua.

Finance spokesman Michael McGrath said even if the party loses, the future of the party's leader is secure.

"Nobody is holding a knife over anyone, threatening that if the result goes a certain way there will be consequences," he said.

However, he insisted the party was taking the election very seriously.

"Of course we want to improve [and] win this by-election. Everyone realises there's a lot at stake in this by-election, but more importantly, [in] the general election that's yet to come."


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